And so it goes on: if it is not legal battles, then it is actors coming and going and directors coming and going. Today comes news that yet another director has left The Crow reboot, with another stepping in the replace immediately.
Things much be getting tense for the remake, as it is said to be going into production next Spring, so let’s hope this new director sticks. Luke Evans is still set to star in the film.
Deadline revealed the news:
Relativity Studios has set Corin Hardy to direct its remake of The Crow. Hardy made his live action feature directing debut on the Occuprant Films thriller The Hallow, a film that will be released next year and before that he drew acclaim for helming the animated short Butterfly and for directing music videos for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Keane, Paolo Nutini and The Prodigy. The Crow remake has been watched closely by the fanboy set that loves the James O’Barr graphic novel about a murdered man who comes back for revenge, which was first brought to the screen by director Alex Proyas and the late actor Brandon Lee. Hardy has gotten a bit of cred in that fanboy favorite helmer Edgar Wright was the one who recommended him to Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film and is producing the reboot.
Hardy replaces F. Javier Gutiérrez, who was attached but signed on to the direct the next installment of The Ring franchise. That made him unavailable to helm The Crow, which is slated for a spring production start with a script by Cliff Dorfman. Gutierrez will be exec producer and O’Barr a consultant. Joining Pressman as producers are Kevin Misher, Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Jeff Most (who produced the original with Pressman), and Jeff Waxman. Tucker Tooley, Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Dan Farah are exec producers.
Last month Korsgaards Commentary spoke with O’Barr:
O’Barr is creative consultant on the new version, and he had a lot to say about the plans in place for the new version, which will be a page for page likeness of the comic book. He also explains that this will NOT be a remake of Alex Proyas’ classic 1994 film which starred the late Brandon Lee:
“I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is. I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation.’ That’s what changed by mind, that it’s not a remake of the original film, or cashing in on the cult status of Brandon Lee, it’s that Guiterrez wants to go back to the source material, which if you’ve read the book and seen the film, while the movie has the right feel and the right flavor of the book, probably only 40% of the book made it into the movie”
He continued: “That got me intrigued – the idea of adapting it from page 1 and going from there, including a lot of the darker or stranger elements of the comic dropped from the original film”
Continuing on about how the new version will differ from the original film, O’Barr continued:
“My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula, and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the Crow comics after all is that they can tell very different stories…”
Here is the synopsis for the original film:
A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.